Originally Posted by TheOgre
McKinney IMO is a weak link. He gets manhandled and really doesn't have the potential to get any better. I'd like to see us draft or sign a C to compete with him next year. At the very least, I'd like us to begin to groom his replacement.
Agreed. If anyone still has a tape or on TIVO of the Titans game, watch the play where Carr was sacked/almost sacked in the endzone for a safety. Carr never had a chance. I forget which Titan it was, but he just ran right over Mckinney like he wasn't even there, and was on Carr in less than a second. In general our line is very passive. They just don't play physical. Capers wants a physical offense with a bunch of nice guys. We need at least one guy willing to play smash mouth imo.
As to the main part of the thread - Good stuff Herv! I know that had to take a lot of time to write, and I think in some respects we are nearing a crossroads for this franchise. I think this offseason will be the most important ever in determing where this team is headed in both the near, and longer terms. There are more questions than answers, but here are few that must be resolved if we are to head to a super Bowl - If this team is to ever progress these questions must be answered and a solid plan to correct or address these must occur.
Are the offensive line problems due to talent, scheme, coaching, or all of the above?
Why does Carr play one way at home, and another on the road?
Does Carr have the intangibles to lead a team to a Super Bowl?
Will we ever see Joppru on the field and at 100%?
Is Davis the answer at RB? Will Hollings always have a perputual hamstring injury? Do we draft a back high, go with a free agent, or is the answer on the roster?
Will Seth Payne return to his pre-injury form? Will Gary Walker ever be the player we saw in 2002?
Will Babin live up to his draft and trade status? Will Peek be able to play the run well enough to stay on the field? Who or where will the pass rush come from? Is it coaching, players, or scheme?
What direction to we take in FA and the draft? Who do we resign long term, and who do we let go?
These are some of the questions I have that really need to be addressed between now and the start of 2005. I'm sure there are others as well. I know I have the questions, but I'm not sure even they know all of the answers.